The Great Guillermo Farini

jedion357's picture
June 26, 2020 - 1:07pm
A circus and theater entertainer, inventer of the flip up theater seat and had a role in the invention of the parachute, spoke 12 languages, explorer (first white man to cross the Kalahari desert and survive), author 

Discovered a "lost city" except no one esle can find that city and his hand drawn map of the Kalahari is notoriously inaccurate and its almost certain that he did not actually go the full distance in the time given.
the show Expedition Unknown did a convincing investigation into Farini and I think he did find something but not where anyone has looked up till now. The show was fascinating. 

Porposition: Lets re-imagine Farini as a Frontier character

showman, inventor, explorer

Living at a time before the Jump Route to Zebulon has been charted. 
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

jedion357's picture
June 26, 2020 - 1:45pm
My thought is that he was a crewman on the ship that discovered Zebulon (as per the Dragon Article "The Volturnus Connection")  and he tells stories of a mysterious system with ruins of a hi tech lost civilization, primitive natives and he desires to return. He has an intriguing artifact he claims came from there- its is pretty off the hook. 

could be that he wants to lead an expedition or that he's old and has a map for the PCs?

The goevernment of Pale bought the jump route infor and plans to send a Volturnus Survey Expedition and considers it something that private citizens should not mess with. ie the government wont be friendly to the PCs polking around and asking questions. 

PCs and or Farini dont have accurte information on the location of Zebulon. - Mission one: determine the right star to jump to. (note the government already has this as well as the Star Devil pirates)

Mission two: secure a ship- government men in black types show up asking questions and potentially a couple of Star Devil pirates causing trouble- bar brawl level of action verbal threats, pushing and shoving etc. trying to scare off the PCs

Mission three: We're off to see Volturnus- leaving Truane's Star- pursued by mysterious ship. Maybe not a KHs fight but a ship thats hanging back and following at extreme distance. 

The ship the PCs end up with could be the Hepplewhite ship? of the Hepplewhite crash sample adventure from the AD rule book. 

EDIT: once in Zebulon system the PCs will face KHs action w/ Star Devil pirates

I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

jedion357's picture
June 26, 2020 - 1:58pm
Note: Farini's artifact can be the Eorna Solar Lantern detailed in FE #9

I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

Tchklinxa's picture
July 14, 2020 - 9:08am
Cool idea. Expedition Uknown has some great episodes... and they make for interesting hooks once reskinned.
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